Thanks to a new partnership, you’ll soon be able to pick up a new book with your prescription refills.
Bartell Drugs is partnering with Kodak Alaris to put a new kiosk in its University Village store that will allow users to print books on demand in addition to printing photos. The new machine combines the functionality of Kodak photo kiosks as well as the Espresso Book Machine, which allows users to upload a file and pick up a printed book, or print from the machine’s library of more than 7 million texts. The combination kiosk is the first of its kind to be installed in a drugstore, and marks the beginning of a pilot program for Kodak.
Starting in 2014, Bartell will allow customers to print photo books from the Espresso, as well as from Kodak Alaris’s existing technology.
“The Espresso Book Machine has been an innovative way for consumers to self-publish their personal and family stories for years. We are very excited, through our partnership with Kodak Alaris and Bartell Drugs, to see this technology expand into new channels where more consumers can access and use it,” Dane Neller, the CEO of On Demand Books, which makes the Espresso, said in a press release.
It’s not the only Espresso available in Seattle, though. The University Book Store on UW’s campus also has an Espresso, a little less than a mile’s walk away from the Bartell Drugs store.